when the law won’t call it rape

Rape Terminology Proves Challenging to Victims, Courts

Despite the FBI changing 80-year-old language in its crime codes to make it so that men could be victims of rape and the mandate to finding “force” to be necessary, many jurisdictions have not followed suit.

Depending upon where you live in the country, a sexually-based attack may or may not be called “rape,” and victims report that being unable to say legally they were victims of “rape” is hurtful in itself.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Stephanie Hughes to discuss her story for Salon.com “When the law won’t call it rape” which details the language of laws describing sex crimes.